Streaming video to a DLNA device with Vuze

Vuze is a BitTorrent client that can also be used to stream audio and video to a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) device over a network connection. The software is free, but you do need to be careful when installing the software to select the "customize" option to ensure that third-party software bundled with Vuze is not installed with Vuze, since that third-party software may be adware. E.g., see Avoiding the installation of adware when installing Vuze and Vuze - Select customize option to avoid adware/malware during upgrade. E.g., I found GeniusBox software installed on a system during the installation of Vuze when that third-party software was bundled with Vuze. But, as long as you select the "customize" option and decline all third-party software that may be bundled with Vuze, you should be ok.

DLNA provides a standard for sharing digital media among multimedia devices and Vuze can be used to stream audio and video from a computer to a device that supports the DLNA standard, e.g., a input device for a television (TV).

Below is a portion of a screen shot from Vuze 5.7.4.0 on a Microsoft Windows system. In the screen shot below, there is no DLNA device on the network to which Vuze can stream multimedia.

Vuze - no DLNA Device

But, when I connect a DLNA-capable device, in this case a Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray Disc/DVD Player to the network, it shows up as "Blu-ray Disc Player" under DEVICE PLAYBACK on the left pane of the Vuze window.

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Vuze - Blu-ray Disc Player

Until you have something transcoded, if you click on the DLNA device, you won't see anything listed that can be played on the DLNA device.

Vuze - nothing transcoded

On a Microsoft Windows system, if you open a File Explorer window so that you can see both the Vuze and File Explorer windows on the screen at the same time and then locate a suitable file, such as an MPEG-4 (MP4) video file, click on that file and drag it from the File Explorer window into the Vuze window (the file won't be moved), then a Vuze window will open prompting you to "Select a playback devices for this video". You can then select a resolution at which the video should be played. You can select from the following options currently:

1080p - Generic 1080p h.264
1080p - Generic 1080p MPEG-2
720p - Generic 720p h.264
720p - Generic 720p MPEG-2
480p - Generic 480p h.264
Generic DirecTV
Generic MP4
Do not transcode

1080p offers the best display. It is also known as Full HD (FHD. The high-definition television (HDTV) stanardard of 720p which is 1280 x 720 pixels, is also known as HD ready. The 480p standard denotes a vertical resolution of 480 pixels and usually a horizontal resolution of 640 pixels and 4:3 aspect ratio. The "p" at the end of each standard stands for "progressive scanning. If you are interested, you can find further information on graphics standards in the Wikipedia graphics display resolution article.

In the example below, I selected the "Generic MP4" standard for a file named Facebook.mp4.

Vuze - Generic MP4 video

After I've encoded the video to be played from Vuze, when I bring up the display on the TV for the Blu-ray player, I see one of the sources for audiovisual (AV) input, is now Vuze on PC_Name, where PC_Name is the name of the PC on which Vuze is installed. I can then select the Downloads folder from the display on the TV, where I see the file I encoded on Vuze, in this case Faceboo.mp4, which is a video the user downloaded from Facebook. Selecting that file allows me to view the video and hear the found for it from the TV.

 

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